In Hip Hop History Today “Gang Starr released Hard to Earn” March 8, 1994

Hard to Earn is the fourth album from the hip hop duo Gang Starr. It was released in March 8, 1994 and featured the singles “Mass Appeal”, “DWYCK” and “Code of the Streets”. Musically the album is constructed around a harder, more stripped-down sound that is distinctively less melodic than the duo’s previous work. Guest appearances on the album come from Group Home, Jeru The Damaja, and Big Shug. At the time, all were part of the Gang Starr Foundation, which made the album a stepping-stone for future DJ Premier-helmed projects by Group Home and Jeru. The single “DWYCK” also featured hip hop duo Nice & Smooth. Hard to Earn is also the duo’s first album to carry the “Parental Advisory” label. Listen to Hard to Earn above.

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